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Chicago, IL is a windy city in the northeastern part of Illinois and at the southwestern tip of Lake Michigan. Due to its proximity to Lake Michigan, its history is directly tied up with the lake where in the early years it served as a trading center. In 1848, it became the most important transportation center with the opening of the first railway, the Galena & Chicago Union Railway. Trade flourished due to such developments and a lot of the Chicago Theatre people have relocated in the city that eventually gave rise to new industries, particularly in manufacturing and retail. However in 1871 tragedy struck, known as the Great Chicago Fire, that burned one-third of the city including the central business district. Many were pessimistic that Chicago could ever rise from the tragedy, yet with the help of the residents and the government, rapid rebuilding was organized and in 1885 the first skyscraper was built.

The 3rd largest city in the United States, Chicago has a population of more than 2 million with 9 million based in the metropolitan area. The increase in population was borne of the massive work and business opportunities Chicago offered. Chicagoans or the residents of Chicago comprise of a multitude of races including White, Black, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, Pacific Islander and Native American among others. A huge number of Chicagoans are Catholic while the rest are Protestants and other Christian denomination, Islam and Jewish.

The city of Chicago is popular for having the most number of unique buildings and structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (Abraham Lincoln Center), Mies van der Rohe (United States Post Office Loop Station), Louis Sullivan (Carson Pirie Scott) and Holabird & Root (Commonwealth Edison Substation).

Some of the major attractions include Grant Park (with the statue of Abraham Lincoln, Clarence Buckingham Fountain and Millennium Park), Shedd Aquarium (exhibits of Oceanarium and Caribbean Reef), Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile (grand boulevard with its museums, restaurants, glamorous hotels and exclusive shops) and Sears Tower (one of the tallest buildings in the world).

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9 dead in shooting at Charleston church
Police have confirmed a mass shooting at a church in South Carolina left nine dead Wednesday evening.

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Kyle Schwarber in starting debut and Cubs have blast in crushing Indians
The Cubs and their fans can have a good laugh over the FBI's investigation of their archrivals for allegedly hacking into the Astros' database.

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Crazy night in Cleveland for Cubs' kids
CLEVELAND— It was one of those nights where crazy things just happen, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon cautioned the 17-0 win over the Indians doesn’t mean anything once they begin play on Thursday.

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Naperville crews make 3rd water rescue in 2 days
Fire crews in Naperville made their third water rescue in two days Wednesday evening when they pulled a 58-year-old man from a tree in the DuPage River after he failed to reach land in his inflatable canoe, authorities said.

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Mumford & Sons visit concert site to apologize for rescheduling
Savannah Highhouse and Sydney Haskin drove to Chicago from Kalamazoo, Mich., early in the morning, shopped for new clothes and got a hotel room to get glam for Wednesday night's Mumford & Sons show near Montrose Beach.

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